John M. Watson, Sr.

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John M. Watson Sr. (January 10, 1937 - September 7, 2006) was a Jazz musician and actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Groundhog Day, The Fugitive and as Uncle Pete in Soul Food. He was also a noted trombonist with musicians Red Saunders and Count Basie. Watson was born in Albany, New York on January 10, 1937. His father was a musician who was known as an outstanding piano player, often subbing for the great Art Tatum. His mother was a college athlete and singer. Watson was raised in Middletown, Ohio. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1954, where he was a member of the band. After serving four years in the United States Army he attended Miami University where he also met his wife of 44 years, Virginia. They had had three sons and two daughters. Watson majored in Music Education and graduated in 1962. Watson was a bandleader on the campus of Miami, performing often for various campus functions. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, and of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduation in 1962, he planned to travel to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a musician, but stopped in Chicago to see a family member and never left.
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